For Board Members Only

| Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Couteau | Posted: Monday, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Gather with board members from across the country to identify and discuss pressing issues for local programs and boards. Share successes and challenges and the lessons you have learned. Facilitated session with NMSC staff and other Main Street leaders.

This event is ticketed. There is no fee, however space is limted. Click here ot register. If you have already registered, log in and select the event.


For more information contact:

Kathy La Plante, National Main Street Center, Inc.

Kathy La Plante is a senior program officer with more than 23 years of Main Street experience. Her expertise at National Main Street Center is building organizational capacity and developing promotional programming. Her work primary revolves around providing direction in program start ups at the local, regional and statewide levels, working most recently to establish the Portland, Oregon and Idaho Main Street programs. Annually she conducts assessments of statewide programs, and conducts new coordinator orientation. Kathy served as the first director/state coordinator for New Hampshire Main Street Center from 1996 until 2006 where she provided technical assistance and training for 23 new Main Street communities, including two winners of the Great American Main Street Award. Prior to that, she spent seven years as the executive director for the Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin) Main Street Program, a 1996 winner of the GAMSA. Prior to beginning her Main Street career, Kathy was in retail management for 12 years, with 10 years spent working for Spurgeon’s department stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Stout (Menomonie).

J Steven Hoffman, Ph.D, CMSM, Southeast Missouri State University
Steven J. Hoffman, Ph.D. is a professor of history and coordinator of the Historic Preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches classes in Historic Preservation, American Architectural History, and the Built Environment. He has served on the board of Old Town Cape, a local Main Street organization, since its inception in 1999, and he is currently board president of the Missouri Main Street Connection. His publications include Race, Class and Power in the Building of Richmond, 1870-1920 (McFarland, 2004), several National Register of Historic Places nominations, and articles on southern urban history. He is a graduate of the National Main Street Center’s Certification Institute and he has given numerous workshops and presentations on Historic Preservation and Main Street topics. He earned a Master’s degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.